when i'm shopping, i see many dresses that are really cute and think, "if only it was a little longer, i'd totally buy this dress!" especially since short dresses are in style these days. so what i do is buy them anyway and modestify-lengthen the dresses longer.
before pictures of the 3 dresses i modestified.
black/cream bow-tie dress c/o Sheinside
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for the two black dresses i used this tutorial, and with the beige dress, instead of picking the seams of the bottom of the skirt, i just added the contrast fabric on the bottom and sewed it along the already-there seams of the skirt, then double folded the bottom part of the contrast fabric. i also tailored the waist so it was more fitted and made the long sleeves into short sleeves.
for me the black dresses are the easiest to lengthen out since finding a similar fabric to the dress is not that difficult since matching black to a black isn't that hard, but with dresses like the beige dress above, it's more difficult to find a matching fabric so unless you find a fabric of the same color, it might look tacky. you don't want the extra fabric to be noticeable if it doesn't match, so the best option is to add a contrast color that compliments the color of the dress and add it on, making it look like it was originally made that way.
project budget: very low(mine was $1-2 per dress)
estimated time: 20 mins.